The Cinema Museum, London

Women and Cocaine present Call Her Savage (1932)event cancelled

Tue 6 Oct 2020 @ 19:30 · Events

Join us for an exclusive 16MM archive screening of a fascinatingly lurid tale of extra-marital affairs, prostitution and melodrama.

Due to the CoronaVirus situation, this event has been rescheduled from earlier this year. Please contact us if you have already bought tickets for the old date and would like a refund.

In one of her very rare talkies, Clara Bow, at full throttle speed, plays Nasa Springer. Nasa is a ‘half-breed’ Indian girl who marries just to spite her father, leading her down the usual thrilling pre-Code path of illegitimate birth and prostitution. She HAS to understand why she is so ‘Wild and Untamable’.

Call Her Savage is also one of the earliest Hollywood films to feature a gay character and a scene in a gay bar.

In 1932, Fox Studios lured 26 year old former silent movie queen Clara “It Girl” Bow back for a “comeback” with a two-picture deal, in what would turn out to be the final two films of her career. She later claimed that she returned to Hollywood “for the sole purpose of making enough money to stay out of it.” One of those last two films is Call Her Savage and for your delight this evening we have dusted off a 16mm print from the Museum’s archives.

Come join us in this beautifully historic Grade II listed venue for a discussion, then screening of the film and our exclusive raffle!

“A brilliant film series at the Cinema Museum celebrating the fierce and liberated women of early cinema” Time Out London

From the period of 1930 to 1934, before the introduction of censorship (known as the Hays Code) Women were depicted in roles with a frankness and positivity that remains rare even today. These newly independent women pushed gender boundaries as they pursued their own economic freedom and excitement, defying the previous Victorian ideals of domesticity, sexual purity and religion. Hollywood soon caught on and began to represent these women on screen, and each month we celebrate a different woman from that era.

“My father warned me about men & booze, but he never mentioned a word about women & cocaine” – Tallulah Bankhead.

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Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.30 start. Screening from 16mm film.

Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.


Reserved tickets £9.97 available from Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available on the door on the night. Concessions available on the door with valid ID. Phone bookings for this event cannot be made via the Cinema Museum.